Myanmar Suu Kyi appears for the first time

Bangkok (AP) — Myanmar’s exiled leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been in court for the first time on Monday since arresting her when the military seized power on February 1, Myanmar media reported. ..

One of her lawyers, Min Min Sou, called the Associated Press and said Suu Kyi was able to meet her defense team before the hearing began in a special court set up in the city council building in the capital Naypyidaw. .. The purpose of the hearing was procedural.

The lawyer also met Win Myint, the president of the government, led by Suu Kyi as a state counselor, and defendant on some of the same allegations she faces.

Suu Kyi was charged with several criminal offenses, but her previous appearance was by videolink and she was not allowed to meet with a lawyer in person.

Mr. Min Min Soe said Mr. Suu Kyi sent a message to the people of Myanmar that the National League for Democracy would support it.

“The main thing (she said) is that she always wants the health and well-being of all people, and since NLD was founded for people, NLD is as long as people exist. He also said it would exist, “Min Min Soe said after the hearing.

“She looks fresh, healthy and confident,” she added.

The hearing on Monday was related to some of the six accusations that Suu Kyi faces.

These are two counts that violated the Natural Disaster Management Act for violating the COVID-19 pandemic limit during the 2020 campaign. Illegal import of a walkie-talkie for use by her bodyguard. Unauthorized use of radio; disseminate information that can cause public alerts and anxiety.

The most serious accusation faced by Suu Kyi is a violation of the Official Secrets Act of the colonial era, which can result in up to 14 years in prison, which has been dealt with by another court.

Suu Kyi’s supporters say the proceedings against her are political motivations and are intended to justify the military’s seizure of power and attempt to undermine her credibility. If convicted of any of the crimes, she may be banned from running in elections that military junta states will be held within a year or two of its takeover.

After the National League for Democracy party won the general election, the army expelled Suu Kyi’s administration in less than three months and was given a second term. Before democratic reforms began 10 years ago, Myanmar was governed by the military for 50 years.

Military junta claims that widespread fraudulent elections, especially the irregularities in the voting list, have justified power.

The Asian Free Election Network, a nonpartisan polling organization, rejected a large-scale military allegation of fraud in a report issued last week, saying the voting results in November last year represented the will of the people.

But on Friday, the head of the State Election Commission, appointed by the Myanmar military, said whether his agency would dissolve Suu Kyi’s former ruling party on suspicion of being involved in fraudulent elections, and officials would be “punished as traitors.” Should it be considered? “

Military junta has announced on state television that it has accused Suu Kyi of corruption and said it was evidence of her bribery, but so far has stated that she intends to pursue the alleged crime. Only. Her lawyer dismissed the claim.

In addition to the exiled president Win Myint, several proceedings are pending against other senior members of the Suu Kyi Party.

Australian economist Sean Turnell, who served as Suu Kyi’s adviser and was detained on the day of the military takeover, was charged with violating the Official Secrets Act.

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